Lent calendar prayer and reflection for 13 March

Woman carrying water in Uganda CAFOD Lent

Dengel Cecilia, 33, is admired for her bravery in Uganda

‘Sir,’ said the sick man, ‘I have no one to put me in the pool when the water is disturbed; and while I am still on the way, someone else gets there before me.’ 

John 5:1-3, 5-16

The sick man longs to be well again. But because he is frail, he can’t reach the healing water. Jesus is moved and cures him.

Dengel Cecilia, 33, lives in a small village in Uganda. She has seen how a short supply of water drives people to violence. She said, “When I was young, about seven, my older sister went to fetch water and she was killed.”

For a long time, in the face of such hostility, Cecilia experienced how challenging it was to collect enough water for her family. “I was afraid of fetching water” she said. “We would go when there were more people around, so it was safer.”   

But Cecilia stayed strong, and the people in her village admired her bravery. Recently, the water pump in her village has been repaired thanks to our partner Caritas Moroto. Cecilia has been elected chairperson to steward the water.

“I stay strong because you can’t give up on life,” she said. “The life of our children lies in our hands. My children give me motivation to keep going.”

Cecilia inspires us, because in the face of injustice, she is determined to create a fairer world. 

Lent prayer

God, you are our strength. By your grace, inspire women and men around the world to transform their lives and to live with dignity. Amen.   


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